Brandon Jones, a former All-Big 12 Conference performer and Texas Tech offensive staff assistant, is in his fourth season as East Carolina's offensive line coach.
Before accepting the appointment to join Ruffin McNeill's staff on Feb. 2, 2010, Jones served as Sam Houston (Texas) State's running backs and tight ends coach during the 2009 season.
Jones blended a mix of veterans and newcomers during his initial season at ECU, using returning starters Willie Smith, Cory Dowless and D.J. Scott as anchors on a line which helped the Pirates establish themselves as one of the nation's top offensive units.
His work with tackle Grant Harner, who earned inclusion on C-USA's All-Freshman Team, enabled ECU to stand prominently in the FBS statistics - standing fifth in redzone efficiency, eighth in passing offense and 16th in scoring offense. A year later, Jones molded a unit that featured seven players who made their first career starts during the course of the season, including three at the center position.
In 2012, ECU regained prominent visibility in the national statistics as guard Will Simmons and tackle Adhem Elsawi earned All-Conference USA honors protecting first-year quarterback Shane Carden on the way to a 3,116-yard passing season - the third-highest total in ECU history.
During his two-year tenure on the Red Raider staff as an offensive assistant, Texas Tech rolled up records of 9-4 and 11-2 to earn invitations to the Gator Bowl (2007) and Cotton Bowl (2008), respectively. The '07 Red Raiders earned a final No. 18 national ranking while the '08 squad completed the season standing No. 12 in the final AP poll.
As a player for the Red Raiders, Jones started 22 games at center and earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior. He was a Rimington Award candidate as the nation's top center as a senior and earned the E. J. Holub Double Tough Award while being selected as the team's most improved player.
Jones was a first-team all-state choice on both sides of the ball at McNary High School in Keizer, Ore., helping lead the Celtics to the state title as a senior.
Jones, 29, was born in Wichita, Kan., grew up in Texas prior to moving to Oregon. He earned his bachelor's degree in communication studies from Texas Tech in 2006.
He is married to the former Latoya Daniels of Ft. Worth, Texas, and the couple are the parents of a daughter - Jordyn (1).